When to get an endodontic surgery?
Endodontic surgery may be required when it is otherwise not possible for a general dentist to reach out and treat the deepest parts of your teeth. For example, you may require an endodontic surgery if you have hidden canals or small fractures, which X-rays may fail to detect. In addition, the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) says:
(Endodontic) surgery may also be needed to remove calcium deposits in root canals, or to treat damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone of the tooth.
But how do you know if you do have these problems? How do you know if you have a small fracture or calcium deposits in the root canal of your tooth? You would only get certain signs for these, and the following are the 7 signs that you do need an endodontic surgery:
#1 Severe toothache
You are likely to experience severe and at times, intolerable toothache when you would require endodontic surgery. This is indicative of a severe infection deep beneath your tooth, which a general dentist may be unable to treat. You may even experience this pain gradually spreading to the surrounding gum region. This means that the infection is spreading further, and you must not leave it untreated.
When you are going through any condition that requires an endodontic surgery, it is highly possible that you would be experiencing an increased sensitivity in one or more tooth/teeth. This is primarily because the pulp has been infected, which contains the sensory nerves. Due to the damage in the nerves, they become more sensitive to hot and cold food/drinks.
#3 Mild to sharp pain upon touch
It is also possible for you to experience a mild or even a sharp pain when you touch a specific tooth. At first, this pain may be tolerable and you may think that it is only temporary. However, if it persists for a long time, and gets even worse, consult an endodontist right away.
#4 Swelling and drainage of gums
When the pulp of a tooth has been infected for a certain amount of time, the infection might as well spread to the surrounding gums and even the jawbones surrounding that tooth. It is due to this reason why you may notice drainage or swelling in your gums. It is important to consult an endodontist in such a situation to prevent the condition from getting worse.
#5 Sudden discoloration of a tooth
It is not very uncommon to have a discolored tooth. This may occur due to the consumption of caffeine, wine or even tobacco. What is uncommon, is to have a sudden and drastic discoloration. Even being unable to keep healthy oral hygiene does not explain a drastic discoloration of the tooth. This is a sign of fast-spreading infection in your tooth, and you must consult an endodontist urgently.
#6 A dental abscess
A dental abscess is the accumulation of pus in the tooth. Infections in the tooth give way to dental abscesses, and it begins from the bottom of the root canal. It is usually not possible for a general dentist to treat this without surgery, which is why you’d better consult an endodontist.
#7 A tiny bump
You might as well notice a tiny pimple-like bump in the gum near a specific tooth, or around the infected tooth. If it persists, then you might have a deep dental infection, which could only be treated by an endodontic surgery.
You may not experience each of the 7 signs listed above at a time. Some patients experience a few of the signs, while some even experience additional symptoms. However, these are the 7 key signs that you need endodontic surgery. Thus, if you experience any of these, do consult an endodontist near you right away.